Category: Baby Boomers

Boomer Icons, Deep Thinkers Offer Advice on Aging (Fall 2017)

From when we’re born until we die, everyone ages. But, after the advent of the youth-driven Baby Boomer era, getting older (remember Hope I Die Before I Get Old and Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30) was considered a bad thing. Now Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are the ones getting – dare we say it – old. And just like they have done at every stage of their lives, Boomers are reinventing and redefining what it means to age.

Today, 65 might not be the new 35, but it certainly isn’t our grandmothers’ 65.

In an ongoing collection of articles I’ve written for Booming Encore, I’ve culled good ideas about getting older in the 21st Century from some of the best known boomer icons like Jane Fonda and from some lesser-known, but equally important thinkers on the issue like Mortimer Adler, the author of War of the Roses.

You can read the ones that interest you here by clicking on their titles. Happy, healthy, harmonious aging everyone …

Jane Fonda Talks About the Power of Aging 

Perspective on Aging from Author Warren Adler, Now Age 92

The Most Important Lessons on Aging from The Classic Tuesdays with Morrie

 

JFK at 100: A Vision Still Unfilled

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By Dave Price – Senior Writer

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

It doesn’t seem possible, but if President John F. Kennedy were alive, he would be turning 100 at the end of this month.

In one of America’s most altering moments, President Kennedy was assassinated on a sunny day in Dallas in November, 1963. But more than just a jarring presidential personal loss, there are many who maintain that a sense of American innocence and optimism also died that day with its young 35th president.

Since then, thoughts of Kennedy, who will be forever linked to the rise of the Baby Boomer generation, has generated wistful reminiscences of his vitality and calls for unselfish change for a nation.

Obviously, Kennedy’s iconic status means that 2017 will be full of special events, programs, and new books on his life, legacy, and legend. One of the most anticipated books, JFK: A Vision for America in Words and Pictures, is a huge compendium of Kennedy’s most important, brilliant speeches, accompanied by short essays offering commentary and reflections by some of America’s leading political thinkers, top historians, preeminent writers and artists, and world leaders like the Dali Lama.

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For Eric Burdon, Singing Is Still a Spiritual Sound

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By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

At age 75, he may need some assistance from a cane and the strong left arm of a loving wife to get from the dressing room to the backstage area. But once he hears the music and strides onto that stage he prowls. He growls. He moans and he howls.

He becomes the iconic, irascible Eric Burdon, the Hall of Fame rock and roll blues belter, who for more than four decades has been the voice of the much-beloved British Invasion band The Animals.

Recently, Burdon and the latest members of the Animals (all of whom were still more than two decades from being born when Burdon started his series of hits with “The House of the Rising Sun” in 1964), headlined the Flower Power music cruise, a five-day floating Summer of Love music festival sailing around the Caribbean.

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Cruising, Music, and Baby Boomers

By Dave Price

This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

It’s almost a certainty that in 1959 when Frankie Ford sang the line from his Top-20 hit “won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise” he couldn’t have imagined that in the 21st Century those words would apply to the new, floating, multi-day music festivals now offered by several major cruise lines.

In fact, as Baby Boomers reach retirement ages, nostalgic music-themed cruises are one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise business.

There are now cruises devoted to single artists (Elvis Presley, Kiss, Lynard Skynard), genres (heavy metal, blues, southern rock), decades (50s, 60s, 70s), and themes (rock legends, Where the Action Is)

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If 2016 Had a Theme Song, It Would Be ‘All Things Must Pass’

By Dave Price

1st Published in Booming Encore

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Under a somber November sky, as they waited for the plane arriving into Washington from Dallas, author Mary McGrory turned to then presidential aide, later-to-be Senator from New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan and famously said: “We’ll never laugh again.”

“Oh Mary,” Monihayn replied. “We’ll laugh again, but we’ll never be young again.”

While McGrory and Moynihan were talking about the tragic 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the sentiments expressed seem equally appropriate for so many of us Baby Boomers as we look back on 2016, a brutish year for music which claimed so many performers who had provided us with the soundtracks for our lives.

In fact, it seemed at times that 2016’s main intent was to drive home the fact that while the music of our younger days might last forever, the musicians who created it wouldn’t.

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Should You Hang Up Your Jeans at 53? The Jean Jeanie Says ‘No Way’

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

It’s a good thing I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion advice or I would probably be feeling really badly about wasting $40 last week.

Realizing that a new season was here and not having bought any jeans for more than two years, I decided to pick up two pairs at Target last week.

Only hours after I got home, I found out from a Facebook post that I had engaged in a new fashion faux pas.

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For Baby Boomers, the Stairways to Heaven Are Changing

 

This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

When it comes to funerals, many Baby Boomers are literally thinking outside the box.

Of course, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Those born between 1946 and 1964 have been constantly reinventing most life stages as they have been passing through them. So why should death be any different?

Over the next few years, you should be prepared to encounter a whole different array of extremely personalized funerals.

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